Lucy Mack Smith Timeline

July 8, 1775

Lucy Mack born in Gilsum, New Hampshire to Solomon Mack and Lydia Gates Mack, the youngest of eight children.

January 24, 1796

Lucy marries Joseph Smith, Sr. and they settle on one of the family farms in Tunbridge, Vermont

1796 - 1803

Lucy and Joseph’s first three children are born, including an unnamed son who died, Alvin, and Hyrum.

May 17, 1803

A daughter, Sophronia, is born in Tunbridge

1803 - 1805

A series of financial setbacks and the loss of their farm in Tunbridge, force the family to move from Tunbridge to Royalton, then to Sharon in Windsor County.

December 23, 1805

Joseph Smith, Jr. is born in Sharon, Vermont.

1808 - 1812

The Smiths returned to Tunbridge, where Samuel Harrison Smith is born in 1808.
They move on to Royalton, VT where a son, Ephraim, is born in 1810 and dies the same day.
Another son, William, is born in Royalton in 1811.
The Smith family moves to Lebanon, New Hampshire where Catharine is born in 1812.


Typhoid fever strikes the area and all the Smith children fall ill.
Sophronia is the most seriously ill, but is miraculously healed.
Typhoid settles in the shoulder and then the leg of Joseph Smith, Jr., resulting in bone surgery and many months of recovery.


The family moves to Norwich, Vermont, to work as tenant farmers.
They experience three successive years of crop failure.
Don Carlos, is born in 1816.
The family relocates to Palmyra, New York.

The First Vision

Spring, 1820

Joseph Smith, Jr. goes to the woods to pray and has the First Vision.

Hill Cumorah

September 22, 1827

Joseph makes his final visit to Cumorah and obtains the plates from the angel Moroni.
When Joseph returns, he lets Lucy handle the Urim and Thummim inside a handkerchief.

Joseph Smith, Sr
Home and Farm
Manchester, NY

Winter, 1828-29

Oliver Cowdery boards with Joseph’s parents in Manchester, New York.

April 6, 1830

The Church is formally organized in Fayette, New York.
Later that day, Lucy and Joseph, Sr. are baptized into the Church.

Early spring, 1831

Lucy leaves New York to travel to Ohio with the 2nd group of Saints.
At Lake Erie, the ice breaks so they can proceed with their journey.

September 14, 1840

Joseph Smith Sr. dies in Nauvoo.

Fall, 1843

Lucy receives her endowments, with Emma Smith officiating.

Carthage Jail

June 27, 1844

At the jail in Carthage, Illinois, a mob murders Lucy’s sons Joseph Smith Jr. and his brother Hyrum.

October, 1844

Lucy addresses the general conference and states that she hopes all her children will accompany the Latter Day Saints to the west, and if they did, she too would go.

1844 - 1856

Lucy remains in Nauvoo with her daughters, her daughter-in-law, Emma, and Emma and Joseph’s sons (Joseph III, David Hyrum, Alexander Hale, and Frederick G. W.).

Grave of Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith, Nauvoo IL

May 14, 1856

Lucy dies at home in Nauvoo, Illinois.
Lucy bore eleven children, and all but four preceded her in death.